By Nancy K. Matthis | Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 5:52 am
An ACORN scandal in Baltimore, then Washington DC, and now New York City, with hints of still more to come. Plan to watch the Glenn Beck Program at 5PM Eastern Time today on FoxNews cable to find out what comes next. Rumor has it that today’s exposé is even worse than those already shown, although it is hard to imagine how that is possible.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has long been plagued by scandal for voter fraud. Despite their dubious reputation, they have received over $53 million in taxpayer funds over the last 15 years, and were slated to get another $8.5 BILLION of stimulus pork from the Obama administration. They have enjoyed protected status since Barack Hussein Obama’s career was inextricably intertwined with ACORN activities.
Two young conservative activists, filmmaker James O’Keefe, 25, and journalism student Hannah Giles, 20, captured clandestine audio/video at multiple urban ACORN offices. Posing as a pimp and a prostitute, they sought help in getting a housing grant to set up a brothel and to prepare tax returns for the illegal income. They created a story that was as egregious as possible, declaring that they were going to import underage girls illegally from El Salvadore to work in the brothel, and planned to use the income to fund a run for Congress by O’Keefe.
Last Thursday, September 10, O’Keefe and Giles broke the story of their Baltimore sting. The next day, Friday, September 11, they released video of another sting in Washington DC. Dismayed by the worsening public perception of ACORN, the US Census Bureau dropped them from participation in the 2010 census. This created a jubilant mood among conservatives, who had seen ACORN’s influence as a way to rig the voting rolls to favor Democrats.
Saturday was completely dominated by the 9/12 March on Washington, and Sunday was devoted to analysis of the previous day’s accomplishments. Also on Sunday, O’Keefe and Giles released another video, this time of a sting in Brooklyn, New York. That was quickly followed on Monday by a Senate vote to block the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) from giving grants to ACORN.
The Baltimore videos are here — The Performing Arts.
The Washington DC videos are here — Can It Get Any Better?
Here are the Brooklyn videos released Sunday. Enjoy.
ACORN NYC Child Prostitution Investigation Part I
ACORN NYC Child Prostitution Investigation Part II
Related: New York Post — ‘Pimp & hooker’ catch B’klyn staff
Nancy Matthis is the publisher and executive editor of the weblog format news magazine and multimedia outlet American Daughter Media Center.
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